Video experiment reveals Russia’s violent homophobia

In a “social experiment” to see whether Russian citizens behave as badly  toward gay men as their reputation suggests, a video cameraman for  ChebuRussiaTV secretly filmed two men walking through Moscow holding hands. The result: Russian passersby went out of their way to insult and assault the pair.  “Leave Russia,” one man shouted. Twice, threatening … Continue reading

Asia / Europe

Anti-‘gay propaganda’ bill blocked in Kazakhstan

Opponents of human rights for LGBTI people in Kazakhstan suffered a setback last week, as the nation’s Constitutional Council blocked enactment of a Russian-style anti-“gay propaganda” bill. The council announced on May 26 that it rejected the bill last week on the grounds that it contained “vague and ambiguous definitions and terms.” Last August, the … Continue reading

Asia / Europe

Anti-LGBTI attack disrupts Kyrgyz anti-homophobia day

Anti-LGBTI protesters invaded and disrupted a May 17 celebration  of the  International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia  (IDAHOT) in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan in central Asia. The LGBTI rights organization Labrys reported that the hostile assault came from members of the anti-LGBTI groups Kalys and Kyrk Choro. “The crowd of aggressive men threatened and … Continue reading


Russian court: Anti-‘gay propaganda’ law is constitutional

Caucasus Equality News reports: Russia’s Constitutional Court [on Sept. 25] ruled that the country’s controversial anti-‘gay propaganda’ law is not against the Russian constitution after an appeal made by three LGBT activists. Nikolai Alexeyev, Dimitri Isakov and Yaroslav Yevutshenko brought the case to the court, claiming that the law, which bans the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ … Continue reading


Anti-gay Russian lawmaker backs Ukraine rebels

Outspoken anti-gay Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov has accepted a role as  a representative of the breakaway self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports. Milonov has previously: Threatened the arrest of gay athletes and tourists at the recent Olympic games in Sochi. Sought the arrest of singer Lady Gaga in 2012 for allegedly … Continue reading


Fairy tale banned by Lithuania ‘anti-propaganda’ law

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights issued this press release today: Fairy tale banned under Lithuanian ‘anti-propaganda’ law Wednesday, the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics concluded that a book containing fairy tales for children violates the Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information, and should … Continue reading


Putin: LGBTs welcome at Sochi Olympics; relief; protest

The latest on debates over how Russia’s new anti-“gay propaganda” law will or won’t affect the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and whether to boycott the games: Russia: Putin Says Sochi Welcomes Gays (Associated Press) President Vladimir V. Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi would feel at … Continue reading